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The Australian Government has implemented several economic measures in response to COVID-19. As Gemma’s Kitchen is affected by the pandemic, and is an employer of 3 workers, the business is receiving Job Keeper payments of $3,000 per fortnight to help the business continue to pay wages to its employees. These payments exceed the amount of wages that Gemma (the owner) pays her workers by $500. Gemma has decided to keep the excess amount and use it to pay for other business-related expenses.

 

From both the consequentialist and deontological perspectives, explain whether this is ethically justified.

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